Traveling is sometimes about trying the Exotic and attempting to experience a different culture in the country you’re visiting. One of the best ways to do this is to try the foods locals eat.
It’s time to take a trip around Iran and dig out all the weird foods they like to chow down. Unfortunately, Iran isn’t only full of those tasty Kebabs and Persian Stews we spoilt you with a while back – if only. They may not be to everyone’s tastes, but the following foods, considered weird and bizarre, or even dangerous to outsiders, are considered delicacies in their countries.
From Sheep head to Tripe Dolma, these dishes offer a truly fascinating look at Iran cultures. Though perhaps before we start you might want to pause and ask yourself how much you really want to know about these bizarre dishes, and how strong your stomach really is. let’s take a look at 5 of the weirdest foods in Iran.
Kalle pache (Sheep head and legs)
Kalle Pache (also Kalleh Pache, Kaleh Pache, Kalleh Pacheh), has so many lovers and haters. You either love it or hate it. In Iran the majority of people love it, unless the haters comment below against my claim.
Kaleh Pacheh simply means head and feet as the dish is made with a sheep’s head, including the brain, and trotters, seasoned with lemon and cinnamon. Its typically eaten for breakfast. Early morning at dawn.
If you chance to be wandering the streets of Iran early in the morning, you’ll notice a crowd of Iranians waiting in line for their traditional breakfast soup, kaleh pacheh. This calorie bomb gives people the energy they need to get through the day.
Kalle pache and its variations are also traditional dishes in Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Iraq, Turkey, North Macedonia, Mongolia and some Persian Gulf countries.
Dolma is one of the most popular Iranian dishes. In Dolma usually some ingredients will be wrapped by grape leaves. But in Tripe Dilma, the ingredients will be wrapped in tripe instead of grape leaves, which makes the appearance of the food scary and bizarre.
The origin of this food is Lorestan province in Iran and it is quite popular there. The ingredients besides tripe are minced red meat, vegetable and spices.
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Dough and Gooshfil
Originally from Isfahan province and considered one of favorite desserts there. Knowing what Dough and Gooshfil are might make you feel a little uneasy about trying this delicacy for the first time!!! Dough is a salty beverage, while Gooshfil is a golden crispy sweet consisting of flour, egg yolk, and sugar that is cooked in oil. But believe it or not, this favorite dessert of Esfehanis.
Dough and Gooshfil may be found at special Doogh and Gooshfil stores, as well as restaurants and tea houses, all around in Isfahan.
Shole Mashhadi is a renowned local dish in Mashhad. That is why its name includes the term “Mashhadi” (which means “from Mashhad city”). This meal is a sort of stew with meat and pulses as the major components.
The weird and funny thing about this food is actually Shole Mashhadi is a mixture of two totally different foods together and named it as a new dish. It is like you mix Pasta and Pizza together and named it as a new food. literally is a mixture of Gheymeh stew and Haleem which both of them are some of the most popular dishes in Iran.
Khoresht e Mast (Yoghurt stew)
Despite the fact that Khoresht means stew and Khoresht-e-Mast contains lamb, it is not considered a main course but a dessert. the other components include yogurt (mast in Farsi), saffron, sugar, rose water, and sliced almond for decoration. Because the ingredients in Khoresht-e-Mast are costly, dish was once solely offered to the royal family.
Khoresht Mast is actually an unusual dessert that’s often served as a side dish or an appetizer, made with a combination of sugar, rose water, yogurt, saffron, onions, egg yolks, turmeric, and crushed lamb neck meat. You can find this dessert everywhere in Isfahan